Australia Introduces New Standards Targeting Vehicle Emissions to Boost Electric Car Uptake

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The government intends to introduce a new pollution regulation for vehicles on Wednesday, April 19, to encourage its inhabitants to utilize electric vehicles.

The Australian government intends to enact stricter pollution rules to expand the number of electric vehicles on the road. Compared to 15% in the UK and 17% in Europe, only 3.8% of automobiles sold in Australia last year were electric vehicles

Introducing a fuel efficiency guideline that would specify how much carbon dioxide a car can create while operating is one of the goals of the new national electric vehicle strategy. The standards’ specifics will be completed in the upcoming months. 

According to Energy Minister Chris Bowen, the new program would contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions of at least 3 million tonnes by 2030 and more than 10 million tonnes by 2035.

Australia, one of the world’s top producers of carbon dioxide per person, ranks third globally in carbon emissions from transportation. It is a significant development that fuel economy requirements are being established, as Australia was previously the only developed nation without such. 

The Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) applauded the action but warned that it would continue to be the world’s dump for high-emission vehicles unless Australia adopts strict regulations. On average, new automobiles in Australia consume 40% more fuel than those in the EU and 20% more than in the US. 

According to studies, implementing a fuel economy standard might result in annual savings for drivers of A$519 ($349).

While some people applauded the decision, Adam Bandt, leader of the Green party, said the government’s strategy needed to pick up speed and include targets for electric vehicles and fuel efficiency requirements.

The managing director of the Australian Automobile Association, Michael Bradley, said, “We encourage political parties to work together to put all Australians in the best possible position to adopt low- and zero-emissions technologies that best suit their lifestyles, household budgets and consumer needs.”

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